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Questions raised over tip-off to Bali police

Reporter: Narda Gilmore

TONY JONES: Back home, the families of those arrested yesterday have been left shocked and
distraught. Many weren't even aware their relatives were overseas. Civil libertarians want to know
why Federal Police didn't wait to arrest the nine accused when they reached Australia, instead of
leaving them to face a possible death sentence in Indonesia. From Canberra, Narda Gilmore reports.

NARDA GILMORE: In Bali, the reality of 21-year-old Andrew Chan's situation is now apparent. But in
Sydney, news of his arrest is still sinking in.

MAN: Andrew Chan has been like a son to me and we'll support him and the family.

NARDA GILMORE: Mr Chan's brother had no time to speak to reporters.

BROTHER OF ANDREW CHAN: I'm trying to organise some lawyers for my brother at the moment so...


REPORTER 2: Can you just explain briefly how you're feeling?


NARDA GILMORE: In Brisbane, the sister of another of those arrested said her family was distraught.
She thought her brother was in Sydney.

SISTER OF ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKER: I just can't see how he fits into this story, 'cause that's not
his crowd. Like, he's not the type of person to hang around with drugs.

NARDA GILMORE: The first the family knew of his arrest was when Federal Police officers arrived to
raid their home.

SISTER OF ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKER: They just got us, rounded us in the room and conducted a search
throughout the whole house.

NARDA GILMORE: The AFP seized documents during raids in Brisbane and Sydney. It's been revealed
four of those arrested worked for the same food services company. Its general manager is stunned.

RICHARD ERRINGTON, COMPASS GROUP: You know that emptiness? When you just can't describe it? It's
purely what this is about. You don't expect to see people who've you seen - you don't expect to see
them in this forum.

NARDA GILMORE: The investigation began in Australia 10 weeks ago. Federal Police are now under
pressure to explain why they didn't wait to arrest the nine accused once they had reached

TERRY O'GORMAN, COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES: Why were the Indonesian police tipped off when the
Australian Federal Police would have full well known that, without any shadow of a doubt, having
regard to the alleged quantity of heroin, the death penalty would follow?

NARDA GILMORE: But the Government is standing by the Federal Police.

SENATOR CHRIS ELLISON, JUSTICE MINISTER: We don't have any power over the arrest of these people,
and nor should we. It's in a foreign jurisdiction.

KIM BEAZLEY, OPPOSITION LEADER: I have nothing critical to say about collaboration between the
Federal Police and the Indonesian police, and I back up the Federal Police.

NARDA GILMORE: Police are still investigating and haven't ruled out further arrests in Australia.
Narda Gilmore, Lateline.